Rescue Me: Season 1 (2004)

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Season 1
Rescue Me

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Rescue Me emerges from the station as a searing and powerful series, melding the pathos of national tragedy to a scaldingly funny interplay between its blue collar ensemble.

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Critic Ratings: 17

93%

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User Ratings: 38

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Episodes

Air date: Jul 21, 2004

NYC fireman Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) is haunted by the ghosts of comrades he lost on Sept. 11, 2001. James McCaffrey, Daniel Sunjata, John Scurti.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2004

Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) launches a campaign of dirty tricks against his wife's new boyfriend, and a retired fireman announces that he's gay in a newspaper article, sparking strong reactions at the firehouse.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2004

Chief Reilly faces the consequences of his altercation with an openly gay fireman; Tommy faces the repercussions of a prank. Jack McGee, Andrea Roth.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2004

Tommy and the widow of his cousin Jimmy go on a "friendly" date, which becomes something more when she makes a move on him; and Franco's ex-girlfriend claims he's the father of her 5-year-old daughter.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2004

An experience with his father (Charles Durning) causes Tommy to address the state of his broken family, while Chief Reilly comes to terms with a secret in his family in order to save his job. Elsewhere, Franco deals with the aftermath of a freak accident.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2004

Tommy gets closer to his goal when he persuades Janet to leave Roger, but loses ground when she stumbles onto his latest romance. Janet: Andrea Roth. Sean: Steven Pasquale. Franco: Daniel Sunjata.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2004

Tommy takes time off and builds a deck for his neighbor, who offers advice that prompts Tommy to attempt reconciliation with Janet (Andrea Roth). Chief Reilly: Jack McGee.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2004

Tommy tries to deal with his father's odd actions and defends Colleen's behavior to Janet. Meanwhile, a wager is launched among the fire crew. Michael Lombardi.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2004

Tommy finds out Janet is keeping a secret from him, and tracks down the man responsible for Billy's death. Meanwhile, the squad gets a female firefighter.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2004

Tommy struggles to help Janet financially, and has to turn to his Uncle Teddy for assistance. Meanwhile, the new female firefighter tries to fit in while the guys try to drive her out.

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Tv Season Info

The lives of the men who comprise New York City Fire Department Ladder Company 62 are explored, both in the firehouse and at home, focusing largely on Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), who often sees the ghost of his cousin, firefighter Jimmy Keefe, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, as well as the haunting visages of various people he failed to save over the course of his career.

Critic Reviews for Rescue Me Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (13)

Thanks largely to the presence of blowhard-par-excellence Denis Leary, who could be neither self-pitying nor unambiguously heroic if his life or his pack of cigarettes depended on it, it's one of the best series of the year.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In marrying fictional drama with a real tragedy, the series about New York City firefighters challenges the audience as no new series will do this fall. Viewers willing to go along for the ride will find a pertinent, adult story that shuns cliches.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Though it's hardly can't-miss television, there's plenty to recommend, not least of which is Leary, whose bitter humor forms the dark heart of each episode.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Complexity of the various characters, rather than their likability, gives them considerable appeal.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Rescue Me, in a word, is smokin'.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Anyone who still thinks of Leary as a stand-up comic who acts will soon realize that he should now be classified simply as an actor -- a very good one.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Denis Leary, with his rat-a-tat delivery and Irish wise-guy persona, has too often jabbed right up to the line of self-parody. With Rescue Me, he redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The weekly scripts incorporate a perfect mix of human emotion and frat house comedy, and Leary does a stand-out job on both sides of the acting spectrum.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Rescue Me redeems itself with rough firehouse humor and a realistic depiction of the emergencies faced by the crew.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

With its dark, scabrous wit and hand-held camerawork, Rescue Me recalls that gem of a cop show Homicide: Life on the Street.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

As perfect as Leary is in some ways to play the wounded and angry working man in midlife crisis, it is a one-note act.

Jul 21, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rescue Me: Season 1

  • Jun 25, 2020
    Season 1 lays the foundation for one of the best television programs over the past few decades. Real, gritty, with some outrageously funny moments, Denis Leary leads a sparkling cast through a blend of serious situations with just enough comedy to give it some honest flavor. Leary proves here he is a true actor, not just a comic who acts.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    It passes the time but this show is the DEFINITION of toxic white males. All of the main characters are majorly homophobic, sexist, racist, hypocritical, mentally and emotionally abusive, sometimes physically abusive. Like seriously everything that is wrong with the human race has been put into these characters. And they try to cover it up by them being "heroes" because they saved people in 9/11. So, great firefighters but terrible human beings. I wouldn't want any of these people in my life in real life. Terrible characters and just when you think there's going to be character development, WRONG.

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